Third arrest made in alleged Campustown cocaine operation with reported ties to Mexican drug cartel

Third arrest made in alleged Campustown cocaine operation with reported ties to Mexican drug cartel

URBANA — A third man allegedly involved in a cocaine operation with reported ties to a Mexican drug cartel that was busted last fall on the University of Illinois campus has been arrested.

UI Police Lt. Joe McCullough said Oscar Aguado-Cuevas, 29, of the 2600 block of Brownfield Road, Urbana, was arrested Tuesday evening in a car on campus about the same time police were searching the home he shares with his parents and pregnant wife.

McCullough said police found only a small amount of psilocybin (hallucinogenic mushrooms) and a loaded shotgun, but Aguado-Cuevas was charged for a large amount of cocaine that had been found Oct. 1 at a campus apartment.

He was arraigned Wednesday on charges of unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and unlawful criminal drug conspiracy. Both are Class X felonies carrying mandatory prison sentences of between nine and 40 years upon conviction.

The charges stem from UI police's discovery of about 400 grams of cocaine in an apartment in the 300 block of East John Street, Champaign, that was occupied by Daniel Sagan, 22, a former UI student from Evanston. Sagan is no longer enrolled at the UI.

He was arrested Oct. 1 and is currently free on bond, awaiting trial on charges of manufacture or delivery of between 100 and 400 grams of cocaine, a felony carrying the same potential penalty of nine to 40 years in prison upon conviction. His next court date is March 20.

Arrested with Sagan that day was one of his alleged drug suppliers, Adolfo Robles-Valdez, 31, of Mesa, Ariz.

Robles-Valdez is charged with the same two Class X felony counts that Aguado-Cueves is and is being held in the Champaign County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond, which Judge Tom Difanis declined to reduce Monday. He's due back in court Feb. 27.

McCullough said police knew of Aguado-Cuevas in October but continued to investigate him, obtaining the search warrant for his Urbana home Tuesday.

Court documents filed by Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton in Robles-Valdez's and Aguado-Cuevas' cases allege that UI police used a confidential informant last year to buy cocaine on two occasions from Sagan. Based on those purchases and other information police had, they obtained a search warrant for Sagan's East John Street apartment.

On Oct. 1, they found 398.6 grams of cocaine with a street value of at least $39,860, about 2 ounces of cannabis, 3.6 grams of Ecstasy, $1,500 cash, electronic scales and plastic bags.

While police were searching, Sagan received a text message from Robles-Valdez saying "I'm here" at the same time as Robles-Valdez's truck was parked in front of Sagan's apartment.

The court documents said police learned that Robles-Valdez was there to collect $1,500 from Sagan as partial payment for $12,500 worth of cocaine that Aguado-Cuevas had earlier fronted to Sagan to sell.

Sagan told police he had been selling cocaine provided to him by Aguado-Cuevas since early January 2017. Sagan also told police that in August, he sold between 140 and 168 grams of cocaine that Aguado-Cuevas had provided to him.

Aguado-Cuevas reportedly told Sagan that Aguado-Cuevas and Robles-Valdez were related, that they were connected to a drug cartel in Mexico, and that Aguado-Cuevas regularly transported illegal drugs worth more than $1 million to the Midwest from Texas.

When police searched Robles-Valdez's truck Oct. 1, they found $9,450 in cash and two cellphones. One of those phones contained messages that corroborated Sagan's account of his dealings with Robles-Valdez and Aguado-Cuevas as well as their purported connection to a Mexican drug cartel.

The court documents also allege that Aguado-Cuevas is apparently not in the United States legally and that on July 30, Champaign police officers seized about 448 grams of suspected cocaine from an apartment rented by him.

Judge John Kennedy set bond Wednesday for Aguado-Cuevas at $1 million. He wants to hire his own attorney, so Kennedy told him to be back in court with a lawyer on Feb. 21.

Should either Robles-Valdez or Aguado-Cuevas indicate they could post $100,000 cash to be released, they will have to prove to a judge that the money is not from illegal activity. Bond money that the state can prove resulted from ill-gotten gains is subject to forfeiture.

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BruckJr wrote on February 14, 2018 at 8:02 pm

"The court documents also allege that Aguado-Cuevas is apparently not in the United States legally"

CallSaul wrote on February 14, 2018 at 10:02 pm

As you're surely well aware, immigrants --- both documented and undocumented --- commit far fewer crimes that those who were born here.

It's interesting how you never make these types of cowardly implications when the perp is a native born white person.


I wonder why that could be...? wrote on February 19, 2018 at 8:02 am

un documented another word for illegal.


Just like someone who has a suspended DL...


they are




semantics there sollie ...................... they are illegal...  not un documented.  Illegal

jparks wrote on February 14, 2018 at 10:02 pm


CallSaul wrote on February 14, 2018 at 10:02 pm

Hmmm...I wonder if you'll be such a gung ho 'law and order' screamer when Trump, his crime family and his band of criminal goons are brought up on charges of colluding with Putin to subvert our elections and obstruction of justice...?

Somehow, I doubt you'll be sceeching about the rule of law quite so much when that happens...

GLG wrote on February 15, 2018 at 12:02 pm

Do you think that will be before or after the Clinton Crime Family is charged for their dealings with the Russians?

CallSaul wrote on February 15, 2018 at 1:02 pm


You're spewing recycled Fox 'news' kookery that is kookier than even the Benghazi kookiness.

Trump and his crime family are however being investigated by multiple arms of government and the investigations are headed by his fellow Republicans...

While some like Nunes, Grassley, Graham etc are confirmed and eager lickspittles, others --- especially Mueller --- are actually committed to the rule of law rather than competing to see how obsequious they can be to our criminal president and his gang...

But your response also reinforces yet again the obvious truth that when you rightwing reactionaries screech endlessly about 'law and order,' you clearly don't care at all about law breaking if it's done by people you consider to be part of your tribe.

Your contempt for the rule of law as it regards Trump shows that pontificating about potential illegal behavior by a tiny minority of immigrants is nothing but cover for bigoted bashing of all immigrants who aren't from 'Norway'...

jparks wrote on February 16, 2018 at 10:02 pm

Well, well well.  Saulie, have you ever seen the Snickers commercial where they state "ever want to just get away"?  It occurs when someone says or does something that is idiotic and they should want to hide.

Based on the most recent "collusion" findings, do you ever want to just "get away".

You can and should delete your previous post and only a select few will know that you are an idio.....

If justice is ever served, Hillary Clinton will go from "Mrs. Clinton" to "3107436".

It will be embroidered on the back of her orange jumpsuit.

CallSaul wrote on February 16, 2018 at 11:02 pm

Here's another example of the absolute best the Fox 'news' addled minds of America's reactionary rightwingers can produce.

And in these minds of theirs, Trump can never do wrong...

BCT24 wrote on February 15, 2018 at 8:02 am

How can police arrest them? Isn’t that ‘breaking up families’? /s

CallSaul wrote on February 15, 2018 at 10:02 am

So, taking a cue from our racist president, you decide to equate all undocumented immigrants including those brought here as children to someone alleged to be a drug dealer with ties to organized crime...?

As if it wasn't obvious already, this makes it plain that the 'law and order' lie that anti immigrant bigots push is just a lie to cover up their racism and bigotry.

If you'd like, you can deny it yet again but the rest of us all see your obvious motivation...

Illiniwek222 wrote on February 16, 2018 at 11:02 am

Two questions for you, Sollie...Is Esteban Tomas still living in the basement with you? Have you told your mom who your friend is? wrote on February 15, 2018 at 2:02 pm

Sollie as usual  is 100 % wrong in his statement that illegal aliens commit crimes at a lesser rate than US citizens.


Considering that they broke the law by being here in the first place would put the rate at 100%.


But no comment Sollie that this suspect is part of the opoid crisis?  Causing the death of citizens and taxing EMS resources?


But its all good for you right there Sollie?   The Mexican gangs do not mess around.  When we have our first hanging ala Cabo, Baja etc you can come back and tell us how having illegal alien drug gangs in CU is ok.


But then again Saul is probably your favorite tv character.

GLG wrote on February 15, 2018 at 6:02 pm

We are not talking about most criminal aliens, I'm talking about the one pictured, You want to sell that garbage here? Be prepared to be sent to hell in a hurry. 

john wesley wrote on February 17, 2018 at 9:02 am was the student who was out on bond.  I should not try to eat and read at the same time, lol.

GLG wrote on February 17, 2018 at 1:02 pm

Reitz is in over her head! She should turn this case over to the Feds! Then resign!

You want this bunch gone? Let the U S  Attorney and ICE do it! wrote on February 19, 2018 at 9:02 am



Did  your friends and family whom you claim are in law enforcement give you the term "perp" or did you catch that as you were doing research on how to do law enforcement from watching Law and Order?